innocence

[ in-uh-suh ns ]
/ ˈɪn ə səns /

noun

Origin of innocence

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word innocentia. See innocent, -ence

Related forms

su·per·in·no·cence, noun

Can be confused

innocence innocents
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innocence

/ (ˈɪnəsəns) /

noun

the quality or state of being innocentArchaic word: innocency (ˈɪnəsənsɪ)

Word Origin for innocence

C14: from Latin innocentia harmlessness, from innocēns doing no harm, blameless, from in- 1 + nocēns harming, from nocēre to hurt, harm; see noxious
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